Irvine, California (PRWEB) May 22, 2014
Microbial communities thrive in diverse niches under different conditions where they can elicit a strong influence on their environment. This is especially true of the mutualistic relationship between gut flora and humans. Though people can survive without gut flora, the microorganisms perform a host of useful functions, such as fermenting unused energy substrates, training the immune system, preventing growth of harmful, pathogenic bacteria, regulating the development of the gut, producing vitamins for the host, such as biotin and vitamin K, and producing hormones to direct the host to store fats. However, in certain conditions, some species are thought to be capable of causing disease by producing infection or increasing cancer risk for the host.
Researchers studying microbial communities need to know what organisms comprise a specific population. However, there are many challenges to doing so accurately as many microorganisms cannot be cultured in the lab using present technologies. The solution is the Microbiomics Taxonomic Profiling and Microbiome Shotgun Sequencing services from Zymo Research which can accurately determine the identity and abundance of micro-organisms from DNA isolated from feces, soil, saliva, etc. The Taxonomic Profiling Service utilizes sequencing of variable regions within the 16S rRNA genetic locus, and high sensitivity afforded by this Taxonomic Profiling technique allows researchers to identify/characterize rare genera of bacteria and archae. The Microbiome Shotgun Sequencing service allows assembly, clustering, classification, and annotation of genetic information for microbial species identification. Zymo Research’s proprietary bioinformatics pipelines provide researchers with publication-quality data for easy interpretation and representation of their discoveries.
Zymo Research is no newcomer to the field of environmental DNA purification. Their industry leading products feature state-of-the-art isolation and purification technologies for ultra-pure DNA with the complete removal of PCR-inhibitors that may be present in some samples. This ensures unbiased, accurate analysis of all microbes in a sampled community. In addition to their microbiomics service offerings, Zymo Research is a fully established genetics/epigenetics services provider.
About ZYMO RESEARCH CORPORATION
Zymo Research, a private company based in Orange, California, and founded in 1994, has been proudly serving the scientific community by providing proven, trusted, and state-of-the-art DNA and RNA research technologies at affordable prices. The company’s philosophy is to provide the highest quality products in the industry while ensuring they are both simple to use and robust in their performance. Although historically recognized for its innovative DNA and RNA purification technologies, Zymo Research has recently received much attention for its rapidly expanding epigenetics portfolio of products. As “The Epigenetics Company”, it is Zymo Research’s objective to develop and provide the most comprehensive set of research tools for DNA methylation analysis and epigenetics research available today.
Dr. Keith Booher
Zymo Research Corp.
17062 Murphy Ave.
Irvine, CA 92614